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Florida Insurers Are Seeking Substantial Rate Increases

Florida homeowners already pay some of the highest insurance premiums in the country. If Florida carriers have their way, however, they may find themselves paying even more. According to an Insurance Journal article, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) is evaluating current filings with “substantial increases” of anywhere between twenty to forty percent. Insurers are legally required to present rate increases of over fifteen percent in rate hearings overseen by the OIR.

The reasons for these considerable increases are the same ones that have affected the insurance industry for years. The combination claims involving water losses, the assignment of benefits (AOB) fallout, and what’s called loss creep have been blamed for spurring a need to increase rates. Loss creep is the term used to describe mounting loss estimates and losses from previous events, such as a major storm.

Although reforms have been passed directly addressing AOB, insurers believe that existing claims may still require several years to achieve a resolution and will, therefore, result in short-term losses for insurers, therefore requiring rate increases.

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